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  1. K2M Design’s Focus on People continues with Sarah Coakley as newest Chief Experience Officer

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    September 2021 – K2M Design is thrilled to announce Sarah Coakley as Chief Experience Officer. Focused on our people, the Chief Experience Officer role at K2M is specifically targeted at enhancing K2M’s rich culture and continuing the mission of recruiting and retaining top talent in all of K2M’s offices.

    Sarah Coakley’s career has been focused on Company Culture, Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching. At K2M, she will be building on the strong culture base that already exists and elevating it in the marketplace.

    When asked Why K2M? Coakley said “K2Mrs have heart! I’m thrilled at the opportunity to take the strong culture that exists at K2M to the next level and continue to make K2M a sought-after firm in this competitive industry.”

    Sarah joins K2M as a leader in the culture space for more than 15 years, beginning with her role as Director of Employee Experience at Hyland Software. Later, Sarah was hired as the Chief Culture Officer for Redwood Living where she transformed the culture, established productive teams, and served as the in-house executive coach.

    “We are excited to have Sarah join our team. Her insight, coaching, and recruitment focus will help fine tune our commitment to team, clients, and practice as we charge ahead,” stated founder of K2M, Scott Maloney.

    About K2M Design, Inc.

    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. www.k2mdesign.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 216.588.0739

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  2. 20 Years of Relationships Built on Trust and Results

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    K2M celebrated our 20th anniversary on September 1st 2021. K2Mrs from locations across the US convened in Cleveland for a celebration and team building event, hosted at Great Lakes Brewery and K2M’s award winning Marriott Downtown Cleveland.

    We took this milestone as an opportunity to focus on our future, highlighted by President Scott Maloney’s presentation of our 2030 Vision. The presentation gave K2Mrs a recap of how far we’ve come in 20 years and where we will head over the next decade focused on People, Projects, and our Core Values.

    • Be Good: Committed to each other, K2Mrs continue to keep a pulse on the culture both as a business and individuals, to ensure K2M is holistically a great place to work, making an impact on the communities we serve.
    • Go Forward: K2Mrs drive us forward and this empowerment exists at all levels throughout the organization, implementing technologies of the future to improve project delivery.
    • Nurture Relationships: Having regional office communities, each with their own character, united under a common culture. Building bonds, friendships, and a connectiveness that powers our projects and nurtures our relationships.
    • Learn and Lead: Creating lifelong learning pathways and professional growth tracks where K2Mrs can evolve and develop throughout their career.

    We are very proud of this monumental achievement, but we don’t take our success for granted. We are sharpening our focus as a company, by looking through a fresh lens and fine tuning our commitment to team, clients, and practice as we charge ahead to 2030.

    Come along for the ride!

     

     

    A special thanks to CultureShoc for facilitating our team building event!

     

  3. K2M Design adds Michael Carter, AIA as Director of Architecture

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    Mentoring and Leading our talented team of Architects

    Cleveland, Ohio – August 2021 – K2M Design, an architecture, interior design, engineering, and multi-discipline assessment firm, welcomes Michael Carter to our team, bringing nearly 40 years of leadership, mentoring and expertise to our architectural team.

    Mike is a respected Architect, having led architectural teams for both large and small firms throughout his career. His vast experience spans multiple markets, with a specific focus on institutional design and public infrastructure. Outside of projects expertise, Mike brings his passion of developing and growing architectural talent to K2M. He will utilize his skills to ensure all critical success factors are met while capitalizing and developing the architectural team.

    In his new position, Mike will lead the architectural team of more than 30 talented professionals throughout K2M’s 9 offices. Serving as director, he will ensure that all design and production standards are in place and adhered to while providing education and oversight for every level of talent. When asked what brought Mike to K2M, he replied, “I am eager to bring my leadership experiences to the K2M team. K2M’s talented staff, unique project portfolio and most importantly the strong company culture drew me to K2M. I am excited to share my 40 years of knowledge to help elevate the talents of our amazing architects and designers.”

    “We are excited to have Mike on the K2M team, he is an excellent people leader and mentor which will continue to elevate our architects and designers with his leadership style and diverse experience. Filling this important role further enhances K2M’s culture and our learn and lead core value. Our people are our strongest asset, and we are confident that Mike will provide the support and guidance to the team.” Commented Scott Maloney, President.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. www.k2mdesign.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 216.588.0739

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  4. Brian Avery, AIA Promoted to Director of Project Management at K2M

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    Cleveland, Ohio – June 2021 – K2M Design, an architecture, interior design, engineering, and multi-discipline assessment firm, is thrilled to announce that Brian Avery, AIA has been promoted to Director of Project Management.

    With nearly 20 years of experience, Brian brings an array of design skills and straight forward approach when leading teams and building client relationships. His strength is being able to synthesize vast amounts of information into actionable items that culminate into great designs and positive returns for clients.

    In his new position, Brian will lead all aspects of project management, streamline processes for the company, and collaborate with our in-house disciplines to improve efficiency and drive consistency. Brian will join the K2M Leadership team, overseeing the team of Project Managers that span all of K2M’s markets and locations. “Brian’s level-headed and calm demeanor allows him to effectively communicate with clients, building strong relationships with clients based on trust and results – the exact qualities that I founded K2M on.” Stated Scott Maloney, President of K2M Design.

    Since joining K2M nearly 10 years ago, Avery has led a significant number of projects as architectural lead and project manager within the private and public sectors and has proven his skills as a strong PM within both challenging markets. Brian Avery is a graduate of Kent State University and Registered Architect. He is also an active member of the local Cleveland chapter for American Institute of Architects and has been trained on PSMJ’s Project Management principles for the AEC industry.

    “As a leading PM, Brian has a solid history of driving business results for K2M . We are already seeing the significant changes he’s made to our processes for the benefit of all of K2M’s projects and clients.” Commented Steve Grasley, COO.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. www.k2mdesign.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 216.588.0739

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  5. K2M Welcomes Heather Carruthers, Florida Keys Business Development

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    Florida Keys – April 2021­ – The K2M team is excited to announce Heather Carruthers as Business Development Director for K2M in the Florida Keys, focused on providing Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design and Assessment services to Monroe County businesses, institutions and residents.

    After starting her career in marketing and advertising in New York City, Heather moved to Key West over 20 years ago when she purchased a 38-room guesthouse which she successfully owned and operated for 13 years. Heather shifted into public service in 2008 when she was elected to the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, a position she held for 12 years including three years in the rotating position of County Mayor. During that time, she chaired the South Florida Regional Planning Council, served in leadership positions in the Florida Association of Counties, was instrumental in the county’s  participation in the South Florida Regional Climate Change Compact and spearheaded efforts to develop workforce housing projects, many of which are finally reaching the construction phase.

    Heather’s alignment with K2M service offerings is further demonstrated through her participation in an extensive array of local boards, including as a founding member and former president of Fair Insurance Rates in Monroe, former chair of the Lodging Association of the Florida Keys and Key West and former president of the Key West Business Guild among many others. Currently, she holds her real estate license with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Knight & Gardner Realty and is a member of the Key West Association of Realtors.

    “Marketing and business development at their core are about connecting people with products and services that provide them real benefits, real value,” said Heather, “I am passionate about applying my varied skill set in marketing and communication to new endeavors with K2M, as I have done in publishing, advertising, hospitality and real estate.”

    “Heather’s integrity and extensive knowledge of the Keys aligns perfectly with K2M’s offerings. The team is excited to collaborate and learn from Heather, while continuing to provide cutting edge design solutions to our clients throughout the Keys,” stated Steve Grasley, COO of K2M.

    K2M Design has a 20-year history in the Florida Keys, with offices in Key West, Marathon, and Key Largo providing professional services for both public and private sectors throughout the county.

    About K2M Design, Inc.

    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. K2M has offices and supporting staff in Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, NW Arkansas, and the Florida Keys.  www.k2mdesign.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 305.292.7722                                         

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  6. K2M Design Strengthens Senior Living Team with New Design Architect

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    Todd McLean, AIA joins K2M’s Indianapolis Office

    Indianapolis, IN – February 2021 – K2M Design is excited to announce the addition of Todd McLean, AIA to the K2M team, as a Senior Design Architect. Todd’s background in both engineering and architecture has allowed him to work in a variety of markets and on many different building types. With nearly 30 years of experience Todd has found the Senior Living market a place to professionally impact lives and influence change.

    Dane Suchoza, Director of K2M Senior Living shared, “Todd’s career-long focus on environments for Seniors deepens our expertise in the ever-changing market of Senior care. His unique design solutions are responsive the individual needs of his clients; offering them flexible environments that support changing programs. Todd understands the subtleties in levels of care, which can be felt by all user groups in his completed projects.”

    Outside the office, Todd is very involved in several community architectural review boards where he serves to advise on design, development, and neighborhood growth. Here he combines his passion and his interests to support local construction projects, reviewing for historical and architectural accuracy.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. K2M has offices and supporting staff in Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, NW Arkansas, and the Florida Keys. www.k2mdesign.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 216.357.2794
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  7. The Statler honored for Historic Preservation

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    Ohio History Connection Honors Preservation Achievements across Ohio

    The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office has awarded The Millennia Companies, City Architecture, K2M Design and The Albert M. Higley Company for the rehabilitation of the 1912 Hotel Statler as The Statler apartments. Preservation Officer Burt Logan presented the Preservation Merit Award on site to the project team.

    Each year, the state history organization highlights outstanding historic preservation achievements in communities across Ohio through the presentation of these awards. The Statler is one of five winners in 2020.

    Situated on Euclid Avenue at East 12th Street, The Statler apartments was constructed in 1912 as the Hotel Statler. The fifteen story, 500,000 square foot building originally had 700 rooms. Following early success, it expanded to 1,000 rooms. For a time, this hotel and the Buffalo Statler were the only 1,000-room hotels outside New York City. In the 1980s it was converted to offices and in the late 1990s into apartments.

    The Statler now boasts 295 finely updated apartments ranging from studios to 3,000-plus square feet, in a building once again in a highly desirable location for downtown living, minutes from Playhouse Square and other major entertainment venues. In fact many of the tenants living in the Statler before this project opted to stay and benefit from the updates and amenities added to this historic building.

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    Ohio History Connection
    The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the State Historic Preservation Office, the official state archives, local history office and managing sites and museums across Ohio. For more information on programs and events, visit ohiohistory.org.

  8. K2M Design to share Senior Life experience, exhibiting virtually at LeadingAge National

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    The Annual Meeting Virtual Experience:
    Nov. 10-12 & 17-19, 2020

    Indianapolis, IN – October, 2020 – K2M Design, an architecture, engineering, interior design company specializing in Senior Life solutions, will bring their innovative thought on Senior Living and Active Adult facilities to the first-ever LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience. As an exhibitor, K2M Design will join thousands of leaders in this changing market for an online event unlike any other; focused on elevating care across the nation and overcoming new challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    View K2M’s Senior Living Portfolio > 

    “Our experienced Senior Life Team has participated in this annual event for years, and we are excited to help lay the groundwork for this new platform. This has been an exceptional year in the Senior Living market. The commitment by LeadingAge staff to share accurate and updated information, both at the state and national levels, speaks directly to the heart of this industry; and has helped all market partners better know how to support the common effort. K2M is proud to be serving alongside such strong leaders.” said Becky Stambaugh, Senior Life Project Manager of K2M Design.

    “We’re so thankful to our exhibitors for participating in the LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience. While the focus of this year’s program and the format are new, what we treasure in LeadingAge gatherings remains the same—opportunities to bring members of the aging services community together, and to connect with partners offering innovative solutions that can help us all navigate the current realities facing our field,” said Carol Silver Elliott, chair of the LeadingAge board of directors. “We understand that this has been a tremendously difficult time for all of us individually and for our organizations. We’re excited to offer our community a new way to conduct business, share ideas, and find the support and courage needed for the work ahead.”

     

    For more information about LeadingAge Annual Meeting Virtual Experience, visit leadingageannualmeeting.org.

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    About K2M Design
    Empowered creativity and individual leadership embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects.

    The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and your Project is their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of your projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results.

    About LeadingAge
    LeadingAge represents more than 5,000 aging-focused organizations that touch millions of lives every day. Alongside its members and 38 state partners, LeadingAge addresses critical issues by blending applied research, advocacy, education, and community-building. LeadingAge brings together the most inventive minds in the nonprofit aging services field to support older adults as they age wherever they call home. LeadingAge makes America a better place to grow old. For more information: leadingage.org.

  9. K2M Design Welcomes Carrie Colvin to our Indianapolis Office

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    Growing Capacity in Sales and Business Development Opportunities

    Indianapolis – September 2020Carrie Colvin joins the K2M Design team as Business Development Director, expanding the company’s national network of relationships and creating strategic sales opportunities to support K2M’s diverse portfolio. Her proven track record and extensive network of business relationships has established Carrie as a respected advisor for over 30 years.

    Carrie will continue to work across all market platforms, primarily focusing on Active Adult and Senior Living Communities, sharing the firms transformative design techniques and vast understanding of this growing and evolving market.

    “I’m excited to be a part of a vibrant firm serving the growing Senior population. My goal is to continue to elevate K2M’s national presence and strengthen the relationships with our long-term partners. The team of architects, engineers and interior designers are as passionate about relationships as I am, and it is reflected in their custom design solutions.”

    Carrie’s positive and highly adaptable approach to business development drives her enthusiasm for building lasting client relationships. It’s this results-driven personality that made her an excellent fit for the K2M family. “We are excited to have Carrie join our team. Her genuine approach to customer service strengthens our established sales team”, stated Steve Grasley, COO of K2M.

  10. K2M wins Two NAIOP Northern Ohio Awards

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    K2M is honored to be recognized for two projects this year by NAIOP Northern Ohio.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person awards gala was replaced by a video presentation, click the links below to see our masked award acceptance speeches.


    Travelling Gun – Hospitality Interior Design of the Year for Crowne Plaza Columbus.

    The Crowne Plaza in Columbus went through a complete $19.7M renovation. K2M Design provided architectural, MEP/S engineering, and interior design services to renovate the public areas and 375 guestrooms through all phases of design and construction. Read our blog and see more photos from this project


    Multi-Family Interior Design of the Year for The Statler, in partnership with City Architecture and the Millennia Companies

    The Statler is a historically renovated apartment complex in the theater district in downtown Cleveland, for which K2M completed the interior design. In addition to the 295 market rate apartments, the property also includes residential lounges, a community room, coffee shop, exterior roof deck, and fitness center. Read more about this project on our blog.

  11. Happy 19th Anniversary K2M Design!

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    A message from Scott Maloney:

    As I have pondered what to write about its hard to not look back to the early days and think about the similarities where we were then and are today. Ten days after launching K2M we had the 9/11 attacks in NYC, WDC, and in Shanksville, PA. Shortly thereafter the global war on terror began as America vowed justice for those who tragically and bravely lost their lives that fateful day. For a period of 6 months travel ground to a halt. Many folks working in high rise towers did not want to come to work for fear of another attack. Large public gatherings were cancelled due to the perceived risk. Safety and security were an absolute priority of the nation and for US citizens around the world.

    It was during this time that Harry Keagler and I refined who we really wanted to be, and more importantly, why. We shaped our mission to Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results – which still holds today. Weekly we reinvented K2M to respond to the challenging times. With the massive slowdown in the economy at that time our work was cut out for us as a fledgling start-up business. We developed partnerships with other Architects and Engineers, developers, public entities, non-profits, and contractors. Every day we persevered and brought in little bits of work until that one fateful day the City of Lorain said yes to our team to design their new police expansion and jail. Our big break that put a massive wind in our sails and allowed us the opportunity to realize our K2M vision.

    As we cross the 19-year anniversary mark, we once again find ourselves thrust into very turbulent times. Those high-rise towers are empty once again, there are very few gatherings of any kind, and we focus on the safety and security of our people, our homes, our workplace, and our communities. Many of us remain sheltered in place, self-quarantining after summer travel, and starting a virtual school year in our homes.

    As I look back and ponder what we did right it was the focus on Nurturing Relationships that was the critical success factor. Relationships gave us a base to build our incredible team together, across multiple locations, and in a variety of disciplines to realize the K2M vision. The relationships we have formed power K2M forward every day. While some are “live,” many remain virtual. We have adapted and evolved but the inherent relationship truth remains – they are based on trust and results. A truth that held 19 years ago, and still holds true today.

    A heartfelt thank you to everyone in the K2Muniverse that has made the last 19 years truly memorable. The relationships we have built with each other are the glue that keep us moving forward.

    Here’s to year 19 and many more to come.

    Scott Maloney

  12. Building Excellence: Indianapolis Introduces New Community Justice Campus

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    K2M Design is proud to a part of the Design Build team for the Community Justice Campus in Marion County, Indiana.

    This substantial new Justice facility is designed to improve operational efficiency for the city/county and will be focused on integrated rehabilitation programs.

    The new facility embarks on a new era of holistic criminal justice reform; designed to focus on well-being, safety and security of both inmates and employees.

    The 3,000 bed facility will house an assessment and intervention center, consolidated county jail, county courts and additional administrative space to house both public and private entities.

    Read more about the new facility on Building Excellence: Indianapolis Introduces New Community Justice Campus.

  13. Designing for a Return to Operations: Cuyahoga County Justice Center

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    Returning to operations required careful consideration for the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

    K2M Design was retained by Cuyahoga County as Criteria Architect / Engineer to develop COVID-19 pandemic and return to operations modifications at all their Justice facilities.

    Modifications were designed for the Justice Center, Old Courthouse, Juvenile Justice Center, former Police Headquarters, and Courthouse Square.

    The total project area of work is 1.3 million square feet of space.

     


    Return to operations tasks include:

    • reprogramming / reconfiguration of administrative spaces;
    • courtroom modifications, building additions, wayfinding modifications;
    • vestibule enhancements, queuing enhancements, restroom enhancements;
    • door hardware, installation of bipolar ionization systems;
    • ultraviolet C band emitters to reduce the spread of airborne pathogens.

    Ontario Ave Entrance Rendering

    Ontario Ave Entrance Rendering

    K2M Design is providing criteria design services for each of over 30 consolidated tasks our team developed in conjunction with the County, including:

    • Planning of work to identify projects to be completed
    • Site visits to collect existing conditions information
    • Narrative descriptions of project scope of work for similar projects
    • Narrative descriptions and up to 30% criteria level development to describe work for design-build teams
    • Review criteria documents with the County and key stakeholders
    • Participate in the best value selection from the phase 1 design-build teams including identifying design-build teams and reviewing their proposals
    • Pre-construction evaluation of design documents for conformance with the criteria work
    • Construction support services including submittal review for criteria compliance, site visits as requested, and final completion review
    • Meetings/Calls with the County, project representatives, design-build teams, and stakeholders as required

    Partner with K2M as you prepare to return to operations, email Scott Maloney.

  14. Planning In Action – Social Distancing Design

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    As states slowly begin to open, architects, designers and engineers are creating solutions that adapt our “new normal.” Social distancing practices are being implemented across every market sector. One sector we have been highly engaged with in the last few weeks is the courts system. We are working with a large metropolitan courts system across all their facilities that total 1.3 million square feet. Our focus has been to define how social distancing will need to occur once you reach the property until the time you leave. We have covered large volume spaces, court security, testing, movement, courtroom layout, signage design, circulation patterns, and administrative areas. Our Team has been engaged and providing direction on how to adapt the facilities and reopen the entire court system by June 1, 2020.

    What we have gained during this incredible fast paced time is a series of lessons learned that can be applied to many businesses and institutions whether you are a landlord, tenant, government agency, or large institution.

        • Collaboration and communication are critical. From the design professional, maintenance staff, user groups, administrators, to elected officials each party will have a different perspective how they need to operate and aligning that operation to the physical structure will take a total team effort.
        • Flexibility is mandatory. We are not returning to the “old way” of doing things but rather need to adapt our operational practices and visual cues to keep people socially distanced. Examples of this include: signage, wayfinding, pathway marking and concierge services directing visitors.
        • Time is not on our side. Many businesses and institutions are slowly returning and are all requiring the same items. PPEs, signage, stickers, tape, sanitizer, alcohol-based cleaners, and the like are in high demand. Order these first so they can be made while the rest of the operational design comes together.
        • Elevators are the pinch points especially when you are trying to move a large contingent of people through a building two people at a time. To do so effectively you need to work with your elevator company to re-program the elevator. Some elevators can be programmed to only move people up through a building. Others can be programmed to go down. Depending on the age of the elevator some can be programmed to only serve designated floors.
        • Encourage the use of stairs. Much like elevators one stair should be designed to go up in the building and another stair to solely go down. Use signage at the landings to tell people not to congregate and keep moving. Not only will people move faster in the building they will stay healthier for it.
        • Where there are high traffic volume areas, the people working these spaces should always have a protective covering in front of them. Clear plexiglas shields are a perfect example and can be surface or floor mounted.
        • Docket and Employee Scheduling is key to moving people through a building. In our study we determined we can move 100 people vertically in the building over a period of 14-16 minutes. With hundreds of people working in the building and those attending court in the morning it could take nearly 2 hours to get to where you need to be. Staggering when employees come to the building and when your court time is a must to keep congestion down and enable people to be processed through the building.
        • Leverage the experts. We had a doctor from a premier local hospital that is globally known for his intelligence on infectious disease control speak with all stakeholders. The doctor, while not knowing the business of the courts specifically, shared his knowledge and answered dozens of operational questions. This expertise while not directly available 1:1 is available online via the CDC, state boards of health, and major health systems.
        • High touch surfaces need to be frequently addressed or alternative solutions created. Door handles, break rooms, public seating, handrails, and elevator buttons need to be cleaned frequently throughout the day. Alternatives would be to:
                • Keep doors propped open so handles do not need to be touched.
                • Remove seating in break rooms and encourage staff to bring their lunch and drinks to work.
                • Position do not sit signs on the furniture or designate specific spaces where people can sit.
                • Place plastic over the elevator buttons so they can be easily wiped down with an alcohol based cleaner
        • If you do not need it – keep it closed. Meeting rooms are a perfect example. Limit the face to face meetings and meet virtually. We have been doing this for 2 months now. Just because we can get together does not mean we need to physically meet.

    The experienced K2M Team is here to help and will continue to share our knowledge to get us all operating safely in our “new normal.” If there is anything we can do for you to help you please do not hesitate to contact your favorite K2Mr and we’ll be there (virtually)!

    Stay safe. Be Well.

  15. Designing From A Distance

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    K2M Design’s team members passion for projects has grown stronger during the past eight weeks of quarantine. After complying with various state government orders across the country where our offices are located, we relied heavily on our cloud-based technology to seamlessly transition to our home environments.

    As it was intended, our technology proved to be a competitive advantage by getting us up and running within a few moments of setting up “the new home office.” Architects, engineers, interior designers, and our asset team have collaborated remotely, creatively utilizing virtual technologies like BIM360, Microsoft Teams and Zoom to design for the future.

    During this work from home new world order we have:

      • Designed a Hilton boutique hotel utilizing electronic mood boards
      • Completed CDs for a new college campus
      • Started two state of the art medical facilities for a state prison system
      • Completed Schematic Design on a light industrial building
      • Developed safe distancing designs to reopen a large metropolitan justice system

    We have been proud to join forces on these and more mixed-use collaborations from Cleveland to Key West and the seven offices in between. We are demonstrating the true power in the Power of 2! The culture of our team is fundamental and bringing projects to fruition, and it is what drives continued success to the K2M team. #OneK2M

    While the past eight weeks haven’t been easy, we haven’t missed a beat executing the work. Thank you to all for standing with us and advancing the work forward together. If there is anything we can do for you in these challenging times please reach out to your favorite K2Mr and we’ll be there (virtually).

    Until our paths cross again, stay safe. Be Well.

     

  16. Healthy Environments

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    Healthy Environments are not just devoid of toxins, it is the creation of a complete state of well-being, acknowledging all physical, mental and social forces. It is the quality of a space. This includes everything from air flow and lighting, to color and finishes, to scale and safety.

    Healthy environments are engaging, offering a harmonious perspective on an otherwise chaotic state of operation. It requires all systems to work concurrently for the greater good and to maximize positive impact.

    The benefits of healthy environmental design include improved health, stronger personal interactions, increased productivity, and the reduction in stress and anxiety.

    Success Factors for Positive Impact in Healthy EnvironmentsK2M Design incorporates Healthy Environment principles in all our building projects. As designers, it is our obligation to positively impact the well-being and safety for the clients we serve, through responsible design. Our team of Architects, Engineers, and Interior Designers are nimble and collaborative, raising the bar of what health, safety and wellness looks like. We understand the systems, the products and the applications. It is what we do. We design healthy, safe environments.

    Our Process: Health Impact Assessment

      • Identify existing conditions and expectations
      • Prioritize critical issues based on need and budget
      • Execute plan of action for deficiency corrections

    Download our brochure: K2M Healthy Environments


    Partner with EXPERIENCE. Partner with K2M DESIGN.

    Contact: Scott Maloney, AIA, LEED AP | President | smaloney@k2mdesign.com

  17. K2M Designing First Hilton Tempo Hotel in Louisville

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    K2M is thrilled to be providing interior design services for the first ever Tempo by Hilton Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. The new brand will focus on localized touches, and is thoughtfully designed for the modern achiever.

    The hotel is scheduled to open in May 2021 in Louisville’s trendy NuLu neighborhood as a six-story, 130 key hotel, and will feature a rooftop bar to take in the surrounding skyline.

    Check out the press on this exciting project:

     

  18. K2M Featured in EFA Design Showcase: Live Well Fitness and Rehab Center

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    K2M Design included in EFA’s Design Showcase for our Live Well Fitness and Rehab Center located on the Westminster Village West Lafayette campus.

    Read about this exciting senior living project focused on resident wellness.


    The Live Well Fitness and Rehab Center at Westminster Village has exceeded everyone’s expectations. This fully accessible fitness center is the focal point in this community. It features an open-concept gym, 3-lane lap pool, multi-directional/varying-speed therapy pool, dance and yoga studio, spa-like locker rooms, and art and music studios. Residents, staff, and the eligible seniors in the community have full access to the facility. A strong internship program exists with the Health and Kinesiology department at Purdue University, as they host 6-8 interns yearly. Residents love the intergenerational relationships and the enthusiastic youth.

    As plans were developing for future growth, Focus Groups were formed for “community” input. Three dozen, income-qualified participants were invited to a series of eight meetings. Participants were an average of 10 years younger than the community’s typical resident, and many were recently retired from nearby Purdue University. The discussions revolved around the questions, “ What do you desire in your next living space?” and “What would make people willing to leave their homes?”. The groups unanimously identified a well-designed fitness center as a critical element to attract new and younger retirees. This center has become a social hub and the bridge between the many levels of home environments offered at Westminster Village.

    When designing for active-lifestyles, programing progressed for development of a new fitness center and three new independent living Hybrid Home apartment buildings. These generously sized, custom apartments aligned with the vision of the focus groups, and feature enclosed parking, secure lobbies and custom finishes. The question of, “What would make someone willing to leave their home?” had been answered. Custom home units surrounded by incredible fitness amenities, or vice-versa. All units were occupied within the first year, and there is currently a waiting list of 180 potential new IL residents.

  19. Travel Our Virtual Highway

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    A special note during the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020.

    As a business partner with you in Senior Living, we at K2M Design are thinking about you, your Residents, and your staff. We recognize you truly are on the front line and appreciate your devotion to our Seniors.

    To come alongside you and add to your tool chest of activities, highlighting a few places and the people who helped shape our great states.

    Our hope is that you will pass this Newsletter along to each of your Residents, letting them know others are thinking about them. It is a simple gesture, but hopefully one that will be a bright spot.

    Stay healthy and encouraged.

     

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    K2M in Senior Living
    As a leading provider of Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design services for the Senior Living market, our team’s expertise and experience is unrivaled in its breadth and depth. Completing over 200 healthcare/senior living facilities, the team understands the business of senior housing and long-term care facility design.

    With a full house of multi-discipline professionals, the continuity of service we offer our clients directly results in successful project administration, design coordination and construction oversight.

    The personal investment our project managers make in your projects and with the teams they lead is reflected in their open-door approach. We take pride in knowing our leaders have become trusted advisors to so many of our clients.

    View our portfolio of Senior Living projects >

  20. The Statler Shines Bright in the Downtown Cleveland Landscape

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    The historic 15 story Statler Arms building went through a complete $14M renovation and conversion into a luxury apartment complex. Located near Cleveland’s Playhouse Square theater district, The Stater was restored to the grandeur of its historical past, as one of the most elegant hotels in the city. The rich and refined color palette turned this dated and tired property into a unique upscale destination for Cleveland’s city dwellers to live, work, and play.

    The restoration efforts revealed historical elements in the Grand Entry that were part of the original hotel, blending seamlessly with modern amenities and features. The main lobby corridor was reimaged, replacing dull and outdated finishes with luxurious materials including black and white marbled tile and rich, espresso wood-tones. Emerald velvet and cognac leather sofas entice tenants to take comfort in lounge areas while brass accents adorn furniture and lighting fixtures.

    Geometric floor tiles guide prospective tenants to the fully renovated leasing office.  Floor-to-ceiling glass store front windows provide separation, while allowing clear views throughout the lobby space. A rich wood paneled circular concierge desk near the marble flanked brass-front elevators complement the opulent makeover.

    Upgraded amenities include a new Community Room complete with a fireplace, kitchen, billiards and poker tables. The space was thoughtfully designed to accommodate multiple groups and enhance social connectivity. The expansive space features barreled ceilings, neutral colors, and a variety of seating options. Steps from the Community Room is a new outdoor courtyard with a gas fire pit, yard games, and space to lounge and connect.

    The 295-unit building offers 1,2, and 3-bedroom residences, with open floor plans, expansive windows, and views of the city. The newly renovated apartments feature modern finishes including warm, wood-look plank flooring throughout the apartment. Kitchens are upgraded with espresso cabinets, clean, white quartz countertops, subway-tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and contemporary LED lighting fixtures. Penthouse suites on the top floor include glass-front upper kitchen cabinets, elevated decorative lighting, and individual balconies. New bedroom carpet, shower surrounds, and fresh painted doors helped complete the apartment modernization.

    The once dated and tired property now shines as proud as its history allowing residents to indulge in living within the heart of downtown Cleveland.

    K2M Design was honored to receive a Multi-Family Interior Design of the Year for our work at The Statler, as well as a Historic Preservation Merit from Ohio History Connections.

  21. K2M Design Expands Charlotte Presence with Merger of DAS Architecture

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    Charlotte, NC – March 2020 – K2M Design, Inc. announces the acquisition of Charlotte based company, DAS Architecture, Inc. Established in 2002, DAS has a reputation in the industry for its rich portfolio of work in the transportation, hospitality, multi-family, and commercial markets.

    K2M Design is a dynamic high growth, entrepreneurial company specializing in architecture, engineering, interior design, and assessments. Founded in 2001, K2M has strategically grown its footprint over the years with offices in Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Key West, Marathon, Key Largo, Northwest Arkansas, as well as Charlotte.

    The 12 DAS employees are located on East Boulevard in Dilworth, one of Charlotte’s Historic District Neighborhoods. These individuals will join K2M Design’s over 70 Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Facility Assessment Managers, and Support team across the country.

    This merger supports K2M’s growth strategy, providing geographical and project portfolio diversification. “We are excited to grow our talent pool and market reach in the great City of Charlotte. The DAS team aligns perfectly with our vision, mission, values, and culture,” Stated Scott Maloney, President and Founder of K2M Design.

    “We are excited to join forces with this dynamic team at K2M. The depth of talent, experience, and locations is a perfect match for the DAS team in direct alignment with the long-term strategy of our firm,” commented Dane Suchoza, Founder of DAS.

    The merger of DAS Architecture with K2M Design, is effective March 2, 2020. The company will operate under the name DAS Architecture, a K2Mpowered Company.

    About K2M Design, Inc.
    Empowered individual leadership and creativity embody the strengths of our design teams. We are a dynamic, high-growth Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design firm with a multi-discipline Facility Assessment division. Our established regional teams are strengthened by the depth of our experience and are united by an ambitious spirit and proven ability to manage projects. The People of K2M are our most valuable resource and Projects are their passion. That is the drive behind our design services. Our professionals are invested in nurturing long-term relationships and the ongoing success of our projects. We are living out our mission of Building Relationships Based on Trust and Results. www.k2mdesign.com

    About DAS Architecture, Inc.
    DAS Architecture, Inc. is a Charlotte-based firm headquartered on East Boulevard in Dilworth, one of Charlotte’s Historic District Neighborhoods. DAS Architecture, Inc. was established in 2002 on the ideal that the success of all projects depends on the level of personal care and attention offered to them. The firm’s leaders have collaborated to build a team of individuals, each with unique strengths and talents that give DAS the broad experience of a large firm with the ability to service each project at a personal and intimate level. For DAS, this is the foundation for continued success in creating unique and appropriate solutions for the built environment that complement the communities in which they are located. We believe the practice of architecture should be an enjoyable experience with compatible clients which produces work that benefits Client, Architect and Community.
    www.dasarchitecture.com

    For More Information, Contact:
    Stephanie Cieszkowski – K2M Design, Inc.
    scieszkowski@k2mdesign.com
    Ph: 216.588.0739

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  22. Friends Fellowship – Celebrating 50 Years of Independent Living

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    Golden Anniversary Brings Welcome Change

    Pictures are truly worth a thousand words, and these before and after photos are a great reminder of their power. Friends Fellowship Community is no stranger to change and growth. For more than 50 years they have been expanding their continuum of care, adding buildings and services. This has happened everywhere on their 125-acre campus except in Independent Living (IL). The original 1965 structure remained virtually untouched until leadership planned a refresh to celebrate the golden anniversary of this milestone.


    Love where you live. A short walk on any path amid the rolling hills of this picturesque campus, and it is evident why the residents of Friends Fellowship love where they live. In contrast, when you stepped inside the doors of the IL wing one would have found a dated entry, lacking in identity and orientation. This is no longer the case! All the ambiance that is on the outside is now part of the day to day life on the inside. Warm wood tones, a rustic fireplace, custom carpets and upscale furniture create a modern elegance in this new destination space. A concierge’s desk serves residents and welcomes guests into the completely renovated administration area and connecting corridors. Pam Merchanthouse, Vice President of Customer Service states, “Having someone to greet guests when they enter, just starts the feeling here. It feels like home.”

     

    Best friends come through the back door. Everyone agrees the best part of this community is the community. The main parking lot for both IL residents and staff is in the back of the building. A garage entrance with an understated man-door was the staging area for community outings and had become the hub of many social interactions. A new canopy covers the full glass pick-up/drop off door that leads directly into a brand new lounge. This airy, garden-like entrance is the preferred entrance amongst locals. The painted white woodwork of the built-in shelving, fireplace and coffered ceiling is reminiscent of what one would find in their own living room.

     

    Positive change. It is easy to appreciate custom woodwork and beautiful furnishings; but this renovation went much deeper. After 50 years of uninterrupted service all mechanical systems were updated, improving air quality and energy efficiency. Lighting in all the corridors and common areas was upgraded, completely transforming these spaces. The front door was made accessible with the addition of a ramp and extensive landscaping. Pam stated, “We bought all new patio furniture for this area and the residents love being out there. In fact, they are using the walking paths more than ever before.” Front door parking was also expanded with the entrance drive was reworked. Car ports were remodeled to reflect a barn-inspired design while the deliveries were relocated to a side entrance. The ever-changing expectations in the Senior Living market will continue to be the impetus of change, but done right, will always prove positive. Friends Fellowships prides themselves on actively refining what retirement living can and should be.

  23. Crowne Plaza Columbus Designed for the Modern Business Traveler

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    Influenced by Ohio’s agricultural industry, the renovation at Crowne Plaza Downtown Columbus captures the architectural elements of farming through contemporary modernism. The hotel’s complete transformation focused on the business traveler and created adaptive, functional spaces inviting guests and visitors into its energizing yet warm palette.

    The Crowne Plaza Columbus hotel sits in the heart of the Arena District; a bustling business and entertainment area located in downtown Columbus. The public spaces were dated with cherry-wood paneling through the uninviting bar, a small, hidden grab-and-go station combined with the business center, and minimal pre-function lounge seating. Guestrooms offered tired finishes and dark, bulky furniture. The spaces lacked comfort and technology to support the business traveler’s needs. The goal of the $19.7M renovation was to reimagine a hotel dedicated to the modern business traveler through technology integration, purposeful seating-arrangements, and an energized palette.

    A huddle spot for guest to use, and the Arrival desk in the background.

    The hotel’s design inspiration was influenced by Columbus’s nearby agricultural industry. Industrial, blackened steel elements and warm wood tones visually connect the public spaces. Lounge seating with curated, over-sized murals feature well-known local architectural landmarks as well as artistic aerial imagery greet guests at both entrances.

    The Arrival, which once housed an oversized circular desk, was reimaged into two, refined pods with clean lines and rich texture. A layered, felt installation with LED frame lighting serves as a focal point behind the desks. A new Marketplace was introduced near the registration pods, with full-height glass walls to entice guests while hexagon patterned floor tiles further define the space. Continuing through the public space, warm, wood-look flooring tile was installed in a herringbone pattern and feathered from dark to light offering transition from the lobby to the bar, dining and conference areas.

    Vine + Forge bar and restaurant now opens to the lobby.

    The walls that originally closed off the bar from the lobby were removed to provide an open, immersive atmosphere. A wood and LED lit overhead and geometric tiles anchor the Vine + Forge bar becoming an engaging destination for guests and visitors to enjoy. The new configuration provides guests adaptive seating and table arrangements with conveniently integrated technology in order to enhance working, dining, or lounging experiences.

    Sleek, horizonal lines of the newly added fireplace allow the floor-to-ceiling windows to remain visible and let light in, while adding warmth to the space. A built-in breakfast buffet replaced the small, grab-and-go station and business center. After hours, the buffet is hidden with a laser-cut felt curtain that create visual interest while concealing the buffet.

    The Studio space is available for guests to host casual business meetings.

    The public spaces feature the Plaza Workspace elements including two high-top huddle tables, two single pods, and a multi-person nook for individual and team working needs, all incorporating decorative lighting and integrated technology. Plaza Workspace elements continue upstairs with a curated workspace called The Studio. Dedicated for business use, the space features upscale finishes and a nod to Columbus’s golf legacy. Various seating, including a lounge area, multiple counter spaces and a conference room, promote collaborative work sessions.

    The hotel’s 13,000 SF of event spaces include two grand ballrooms and four meeting rooms, refreshed with custom carpet in deep navy and greys and a tailored art collection. Decorative lighting becomes a feature throughout upstairs with upgraded multi-tiered brass chandeliers in the main ballroom, sleek wall sconces in the pre-function, and a matte black fixture in the elevator lobby. An over-sized custom mirror is displayed in the elevator lobby to enhance and visually enlarge the lobby.

    A King Suite allows for flexible working solutions.

    Guest experience continues from the main levels to the 375 guestrooms, featuring the Crowne Plaza’s WorkLife design. Once dark and tired rooms now revitalize guests and provide productive places for work and rest, featuring soft neutrals, textured fabrics, and informal guestroom settings. Integrated power throughout the guestroom allows for flexible working whether it is from the lounge chair, desk, or bed.

    The Crowne Plaza Columbus transformation creates a stimulating and productive destination for today’s modern business traveler. Guests receive an inspiring hotel experience that blends work and restoration within the heart of the Arena district.

    K2M Design was honored to receive a Traveling Gun Award – Hospitality Interior Design of the Year for our work at Crowne Plaza Columbus.

  24. K2M Design® Leads Hooverwood Jewish Home In Community Expansion

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    New Assisted Living Wing Expands Services

    Indianapolis, Indiana – February 2020 – K2M Design, Inc. was proud to provide architectural design services to Hooverwood Jewish Home in Indianapolis, Indiana for its newly opened Residences at Kraft Commons.  This new luxurious assisted living wing, an addition to their recently renovated long term care and skilled care community, has allowed Hooverwood to extend their continuum of care to include licensed assisted living.  Architects and Interior Designers from K2M joined forces with The Hagerman Group, an Indiana/Kentucky based construction company experienced in large scale projects, to meet the expectations and overcome schedule challenges in this campus expansion.

    With new leadership coming on board in the midst of construction for both the renovation project and new assisted living addition, the Hooverwood Board paused to reevaluate project goals.  This pause initiated a redesign of the major common areas in the new assisted living wing and an expansion of the kitchen design which would now serve the entire campus. Through several focused charrettes, the team was able to change course and ultimately deliver a new product that exceeded the owner’s expectations.

    The Residences at Kraft Commons is a 33,000 S.F. addition adding 26-upscale studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments to the community. The new apartments feature up-graded finishes, accessible kitchens, and private baths with roll-in showers. One of the major design changes surrounded the two-story atrium space of the entry lobby. A grand staircase was added allowing free-flowing access between all major common areas.  This elegant stair intertwines the two levels – anchored on the main level by a sitting area rich in color and pattern and crowned with a multi-pendant cascading light fixture made up of 36 hand-molded crystal cubes cascading down thirteen feet from the coffered ceiling above.

    Encompassing the stair on the main level is the concierge’s desk highlighted with a laser-cut metal canopy and backdrop; a European inspired Bistro; a small, glass-enclosed sitting area with a French-country- meets-modern vibe; and a restaurant-like dining room with a double-sided stone fireplace, smaller intimate seating area, and an interactive chef’s line served. The second level common areas include an open balcony with library/reading areas, game tables, and a corner conversation nook, a custom theater room, and a vibrant fitness/wellness room all equally finished to inspire and refresh.

    K2M Design has provided Hooverwood with a luxurious, up-scale design that will live long into the future. A short pause was enough to take bold steps in a direction that has proven to be worth the wait. This project was a successful example of a team’s commitment to the process and dedication to the client’s vision.

     

  25. No Jacket Required

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     Senior Living dining that fits all appetites.

    Food has always been at the heart of the home, and that doesn’t change as you age. Some of the biggest trends in Senior Living revolve around dining. Focused on creating experiences, communities are imploding the large, stuffy dining rooms and creating a variety of dining destinations. The bistro concept has become the hub, with a fast-casual cafe, a grab-n-go market, and a coffee shop all radiating from it. Sprinkle in a smaller, slightly formal party room and a few outdoor patios, and you have the recipe to attract this new generation of seniors.

     

    The freedom to choose. Designing smaller destinations give residents the choice of time and menu. Today’s well-educated, highly traveled retirees want to continue to have the variety they are used to enjoying. A full-service restaurant atmosphere, with open hours, a changing menu and comfortable booth seating options has become the new standard. The addition of a pub can act as a pre-function space, become the game day destination, or host a tasting event. A coffee shop strategically located near the front lobby not only welcomes visitors but can act as a great outreach to the community. A fast-casual cafe and a grab-n-go market give residents options and the ability to keep their own schedules.

     

    A high-end experience. Brand your dining. The addition of an exhibition kitchen and an executive chef from the restaurant industry will go a long way towards achieving the experience of high-end dining. Interacting with the chef and being able to special order your entree adds value to the meal and instills trust with the residents. Programming can easily be expanded with demonstrations, classes and foodie clubs. A smaller scale, formal dining room – more like a hearth room – with a table for 12, luxurious light fixtures, comfortable lounge chairs, a fireplace and room for the grandchildren, turn family visits into celebrations. A hostess kiosk, call-ahead seating, and servers with iPads further define the event experience.

     

    Variety is the spice of life. Everyone has different tastes. Acknowledging preferences and providing a platform to offer suggestions enrich the person-centered care experience. Gone are the days of bland cafeteria food. Roasted veggies and made-to-order omelets are just a few “tastes of home” that can shift the paradigm. Invite residents to be a part of the process. Traditional foods and family recipes can all be modified to meet dietary needs. These simple gestures can truly keep food at the heart of the home.